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Feb 10, 2010 07:13 AM

Visitng Orlando next week - need recs, please!

My friend and I will be in Orlando for a long weekend (4 nights) in about a week and would welcome your dining suggestions. We will be staying at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on International Drive and will have a rental car. We are both from the Midwest (Chicago and Detroit) and would like to avoid chains, unless they are unique to the area and really worthwhile. We are open to most ethnic cuisines, except for Indian, and good places for happy hour deals are appreciated, too. I've been perusing this board and have come up with the following places to try and would love your input/more suggestions.

Ravenous Pig
K Restaurant
Four Rivers
Pio Pio
Ming's Court
Paris Bistro

Are there any decent seafood places? Any other sushi places I'm missing? We really enjoy good sushi. How about Italian or Mediterranean?

We'd prefer to keep most meals in the cheaper/reasonable range and maybe splurge for a really nice dinner one night.

Thank you for your help!

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  1. those are great picks. K is awesome, there was an italian place that was solid called limon cello, but I haven't been there in years to confirm it's still good. Romantic/upscale- The Boheme at the Grand Bohemian downtown has a lobster bisque that everyone should try before dying haha. Make SURE to get the rolls royce roll at amura! And also make sure to go to the one on Sand Lake Road, not the one downtown.

    Also Pom Pom on mills is a cool sandwich shop

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    1. re: askdrtodd

      Your list is excellent. I'd only suggest you to go Ming Bistro (a Hong Kong-style not-fancy place at 1212 Woodward Street), not Ming Court (a nonauthentic touristy place near your hotel). Shari Sushi and Shin Sushi are good sushi alternatives. Bosphorous has spetacular Mediterranean food. Closer to your hotel, Anatolia is almost as good and certainly worth a visit.

      1. re: Rona Gindin

        Rona you are on point, great choices

        1. re: Rona Gindin

          Thank you for the clarification about Ming Bistro and thanks for your additional recommendations.

          1. re: Rona Gindin

            I went to Anatolia a few weeks ago for lunch. It was delicious and I would say for me every bit as good as Bosphorous.

          2. re: askdrtodd

            Thank you for the additional suggestions. Pom Pom looks great!

            1. re: mi2ca2mi

              Agreed that K is amazing! Their chef / owner Kevin is amazing in the kitchen, we've never been disappointed there. Limoncello is closed, but not far from The Ravenous Pig. I would recommend Shin over Shari for sushi - and near the Millenia Mall is a great sushi place called Sushi Katana - they have some super yummy rolls that are wrapped in thin cucumber instead of nori. If you go to Amura, also be sure to get the Bubba Roll - it's what put them on the map in the first place. Also agreed on the Ming Bistro as opposed to Ming Court - they have dim sum every day - yay! If you like Ethiopian food, there is a great restaurant on International Drive called Nile Ethiopian Cafe, the food is fantastic! And if you've never had it before, it's very interesting - you eat the food by picking it up in a spongey bread call injera. And they have sampler plates so you can try a little bit of many items. If you're looking for Mediterranean food, I'd agree with Bosphorous in Winter Park - and it's a nice place to do a little walking / shopping and people watching. Hope you enjoy your long weekend.